Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Student Data Protection Bill Would Set Limits on Use of School Information

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Student Data Protection Bill Would Set Limits on Use of School Information

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Legislation introduced last month in the U.S. Senate would restrict the use of students' personal data for commercial purposes, limit the transfer of such data and require records to be kept of any entities that have access to students' information.

The bipartisan Protecting Student Privacy Act, introduced by Sens. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, would amend the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). The new legislation aims to slow the propagation of student information without parental consent, curb the use of student data in commercial applications and secure data held by private companies.

In a statement released to coincide with the introduction of the legislation, Sen. Markey said, "With the business of storing and sifting through records of students growing as fast as students are, Congress must act to ensure that safeguards are in place for data that is shared with outside companies. This legislation ensures the parents, not private companies, control personal information about their children and that it won't be sold as a product on the open market. …

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